School Wide Programs
School Wide Programs
Throughout the school year, I will make announcements on the WPS News Show focusing on Social Skills. Students and staff will focus on the following social skills:
August: Make Eye Contact (Look at the speaker in their eyes.)
September: Keep a Safe Body (Keep your hands and feet to yourself.)
October: Use Good Manners (Be polite, kind, and considerate of others.)
November: Take Turns (Share, cooperate, and wait patiently for your turn.)
December: Respect Differences (Show love, tolerance, and acceptance for diversity.)
January: Cope with Feelings (Use coping skills to take control of your feelings.)
February: Give Compliments (Praise someone by sharing what makes them special.)
March: Use I-Messages (Use your words to solve problems peacefully.)
April: Personal Space (Respect others’ space bubble and keep a distance.)
May: Apologize (Show you are genuinely sorry and truly care.)
Erin’s Law and Safety Lessons
We teach children important skills and strategies for getting along with others and doing well in school every day. The skills our children learn help our school to be a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn.
Twice each school year we use the Second Step Child Protection Unit lessons in which students will learn three types of skills:
• Personal Safety. Students will learn important safety rules, such as safety with guns, sharp tools, and fire, and when riding on wheels or in cars. They will also learn ways to help them decide if something is safe or not.
• Touching Safety. Students will learn about safe, unsafe, and unwanted touches, and rules about touching private body parts. They’ll also learn to say no to unsafe or unwanted touches, and to tell an adult if someone breaks rules about touching private body parts.
• Assertiveness. These lessons will also give students a chance to practice asking an adult for help, telling an adult about an unsafe situation, and being assertive to get out of unsafe situations.
The South Carolina Comprehensive Health Education Act requires schools to provide instructional units in these topics, with separate units appropriate for each age level from four-year-old kindergarten through twelfth grade. The Second Step program and the Child Protection Unit is based on current research and shows effective ways to prevent and intervene in cases of child abuse and neglect.
Red Ribbon Week/Activities:
Red Ribbon Week is an ideal way for people to unite and take a stand against drugs. At Woodruff Primary, we focus on living a healthy lifestyle. During the last week of October, students and staff celebrate spirit days with different themed days and view announcements on the WPS News Show about healthy lifestyles.